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English definition of “launch pad”

launch pad

noun [C]     (UK also launching pad)
a special area from which spacecraft or missiles are sent into the sky: The rocket blew up on the launch pad.figurative Soap operas have long been a launch pad for film actors.Space travelArms and munitions in general
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